When imagining and planning a Walt Disney World vacation, many guests tend to focus on the classic Magic Kingdom and perhaps Epcot or Disney’s Animal Kingdom thanks to their histories and unique attractions and experiences. Disney’s Hollywood Studios unfortunately tends to get overlooked many times, often because guests aren’t familiar with the Disney Park in general or because they believe some widespread assumptions and lies that are simply not true. From misassumptions about the Disney Park in general to simply not knowing about certain amazing experiences that are waiting each and every day, guests might not realize how amazing Disney’s Hollywood Studios is and miss out on a lot. Here are the top ten lies that many guests hear about Disney’s Hollywood Studios that are simply not true!
1. The Park Is Only Focused On Star Wars
In recent years, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has seen a major overhaul with the demolition of certain areas and a vast array of new construction that has brought attractions, entertainment, dining, and more. The largest expansion and addition to the Disney Park has been the creation of Galaxy’s Edge, and entire area dedicated strictly to Star Wars where guests can travel to the Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu. While Disney’s Hollywood Studios is certainly the ultimate destination in Walt Disney World for the Star Wars fan, the Disney Park still offers countless other experiences that are not centered on Star Wars for other guests to sill enjoy.
2. There Are Only Big Thrill Attractions
Another common misconception that many guests have about Disney’s Hollywood Studios is that it is only home to thrilling attractions, which not all guests care to enjoy. There is definitely some truth to this lie in that the Disney Park is home to thrilling attractions such as the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, and Slinky Dog Dash. In addition to these big thrills, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions and entertainment that guests who are not thrill seekers can enjoy each and every day.
3. Food Options Are Limited
When picturing dining in Walt Disney World, many guests think of Epcot or Disney Springs to be the best places to dine, and while that might be true, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is definitely home to its own share of amazing restaurants where guests can enjoy various types of service and cuisine. Table service restaurants include the unique Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, and the signature experience at The Hollywood Brown Derby in addition to quick service locations such as the ABC Commissary, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, and Woody’s Lunchbox.
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4. There Is No Where To Relax
Many guests who enjoy time in a Disney Park also love to work in a little time to relax while enjoying their day, and many guests automatically assume that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is not home to any spots that offer that chance. This is totally not true as Disney Park has several great spots to simply kick back and enjoy people watching while enjoying small bites, unique cocktails, and more. Guests can enjoy the California cool of BaseLine Tap House with cozy picnic tables and offerings from the Golden State on tap, the glamour and elegance of The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge with signature cocktails and delicious small bites, and the quirky Tune-In Lounge where blasts from the past can be enjoyed in what feels like an authentic home from the 1950s.
5. There Is No Current Live Entertainment Being Offered
The ongoing pandemic has brought many changes to Walt Disney World, including the removal of much of the live entertainment that was found throughout all four of the Disney Parks. While this, unfortunately, is still true in some capacity, Guests might also incorrectly assume that Disney’s Hollywood Studios currently offers no live entertainment for Guests to enjoy. This is untrue as For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration has returned to the Hyperion Theater with several showtimes each day as well as live character cavalcades including the Mickey and Friends Motorcade and Pixar Pals Motorcade. PLUS – Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage has returned!
6. There Are No Experiences For Small Guests
Since Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to several thrilling attractions, guests might also assume that the Disney Park is not particularly enjoyable for young guests who might not be tall enough to enjoy the more popular attractions. This is definitely not true as small guests can enjoy many amazing attractions including the popular Toy Story Mania in Toy Story Land, Muppet Vision 3D, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, Disney Junior Play and Dance!, and much more! The new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway also welcomes guests of all ages to head on a fun and immersive adventure through the park with favorite characters. With so many fun and immersive experiences, small guests will have just as much fun as big ones!
7. Guests Can Wait On The Stand By Line For Star Wars: Rise Of the Resistance***
***UPDATE: Currently, Walt Disney World has put a “PAUSE” on the Rise of the Resistance virtual queue. At the moment, Guests are invited to wait in the standby line! READ: No More Virtual Queue! Lines Arrive for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
The current coveted experience in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which combines larger-than-life sets, favorite characters, and a completely immersive experience to allow Guests the opportunity to join the Resistance and fight against the First Order. Guests who enjoy the experience find themselves captured by the First Order and desperately trying to escape the clutches of Kylo Ren and make it back to the secret rebel base in one piece. The experience is totally unforgettable, but guests might not realize that there is currently no stand-by line for the attraction. The only way to enjoy Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is by logging onto the My Disney Experience App at designated times and trying to join the virtual queue which then assigns boarding group numbers and calls guests back at their designated times.
8. Oga’s Cantina Is Not Worth the Reservation
With the addition of Galaxy’s Edge also came the opening of a famous location known to many throughout the galaxy. Oga’s Cantina is a bustling location that is open to all sorts of travelers and Cast Members who work at the location serve up specialty beverages and small bites set to interstellar tunes pumped out by DJ Rex. Oga’s Cantina is very popular and requires a reservation to get into, and it is absolutely worth it! With delicious and fun drinks, interesting and upbeat music, and immersive props and items all around, guests should absolutely make an effort to make a reservation and enjoy Oga’s Cantina at least once.
9. It’s A Half Day Park
Another common assumption about Disney’s Hollywood Studios is that it is a half day park and that guests so not need to allot a ton of time to experience it. This is totally off base as there is so much to do in the Disney Park that guests could actually spend multiple days exploring and enjoying it and still not see it all. With so many attractions for guests of all ages, entertainment, dining, and more, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is most definitely not a half day park and guests should plan accordingly when making their schedules.
10. Not As Intricately Themed As the Other Disney Parks
One final lie about Disney’s Hollywood Studios that many guests tend to believe is that it is not as themed or filled with details as the other three Disney Parks. This could not be further from the truth and rather comes from many guests simply not being as familiar with the park as they could be. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is filled with many immersive details that pay homage to the history of Hollywood and some of its greatest characters and locations. Guests who take the time to truly slow down, explore, and take in all that Disney’s Hollywood Studios has to offer are rewarded with beautiful details and theming that are sure to be remembered!